MEPs to reiterate support for Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Effective multilateralism and a rules-based international order are essential to keep the world’s nuclear regime in balance, MEPs are set to stress.
In a debate on Tuesday and a vote on Wednesday, Parliament is expected to recommend that the Council and the EU foreign policy chief should reaffirm the EU’s and member states’ full support to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the most important international instrument for regulating the nuclear regime in the last fifty years.
The 2020 Review Conference of the treaty will take place in a particularly challenging international security context; no progress has been made in the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, the US has withdrawn from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran, the INF Treaty has collapsed, and negotiations to extend the new START Treaty between Russia and the US are at a stalemate.
In force since 1970, the NPT is a multilateral treaty aimed at limiting the spread of nuclear weapons. According to the Treaty, the non-nuclear power states have committed to not acquiring nuclear weapons and the states with nuclear power are obliged to pursue disarmament. One hundred and ninety one states are parties to the NPT, which the UN reviews every five years. The next review is due in the first quarter of 2021.
Commission statement, resolution
Procedure code: 2020/2004(INI)
Debate: Tuesday, 20 October
Vote: Wednesday, 21 October